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Old 05-30-2015, 03:20 PM   #1
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Replacement key?

What have you guys been doing with regards to replacement keys? I have a couple blanks, but my local GM dealer cant cut them. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:36 AM   #2
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Why wont they cut it? If they cut other keys they should be able to cut the GTO key. It's generally finding the key for a good price that is hard to do. Have you tried calling other dealers?
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:50 PM   #3
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I had mine cut at a local locksmith. Just need to find one nearby that offers "laser" cutting.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:06 AM   #4
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Yeah... I thought the cutting could be done anywhere with the above option.

Programming yourself is also your best bet, once the key is cut.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:15 PM   #5
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Cutting the key isn't always that easy.
I've called about 10 GM dealers in my area and only found 1 that actually has the machine to cut our keys.

You just need to ask around or maybe get lucky with a local locksmith.
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Old 06-06-2015, 08:32 AM   #6
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Sounds like a great time. Not! Everyone needs a spare, but the previous owner only had one key, and when I bought the car it was having the ignition tumbler/cylinder issue, and the moron kept trying to force the key to turn, so it's slightly bent- And before the inevitable happens, I need to get a spare or two. Damn, I love my F bods. LOL
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:27 AM   #7
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My local ACE Hardware has a laser key cutter. I just had the ignition fail. Locksmith said the ignition runs a steel pin along an aluminum ramp and eventually the aluminum wears enough that the key won't turn. If this happens keep jiggling the key until it turns, may take 10+ minutes. Then, don't remove the key! Use the spare to lock the car.
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Old 06-15-2015, 04:26 PM   #8
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Interestingly enough, I had one cut successfully at the local locksmith (which had previously claimed they couldn't do it) and it works like a charm. These idiots have jobs. *Shakes head*
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My local ACE Hardware has a laser key cutter. I just had the ignition fail. Locksmith said the ignition runs a steel pin along an aluminum ramp and eventually the aluminum wears enough that the key won't turn. If this happens keep jiggling the key until it turns, may take 10+ minutes. Then, don't remove the key! Use the spare to lock the car.
Um...

If your key won't turn, you aren't "jiggling" anything for 10+ minutes. That thing is stuck, and you're SOL. Once it starts getting stuck, but still turning eventually... it's time to fix the cylinder ASAP.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:20 PM   #10
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Sorry I was not clear, what I described is a temporary fix to:
1 - get you out of a jam when it happens
2 - provide temporary fix while locksmith orders the cylinder

The 3 take-away points I had hoped to convey are:
1 - it is a design flaw and very well could happen to any GTO
2 - there is no warning, it just locks up and you are screwed
3 - All is not lost, keep monkeying with it and it will eventually turn.

It happened to me during my lunch break and I had to get back to a meeting. Took the key out at work, locksmith had to order parts. I thought I would have to get the car towed but eventually the key turned.

Once I got it home I did not remove the key again until the locksmith came back with the new cylinder. Locksmith said damage would likely have occurred if he had to remove the cylinder without the key turning. Locksmith also said he has performed this repair on 6-8 GTOs
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Sorry I was not clear, what I described is a temporary fix to:
1 - get you out of a jam when it happens
2 - provide temporary fix while locksmith orders the cylinder

The 3 take-away points I had hoped to convey are:
1 - it is a design flaw and very well could happen to any GTO
2 - there is no warning, it just locks up and you are screwed
3 - All is not lost, keep monkeying with it and it will eventually turn.

It happened to me during my lunch break and I had to get back to a meeting. Took the key out at work, locksmith had to order parts. I thought I would have to get the car towed but eventually the key turned.

Once I got it home I did not remove the key again until the locksmith came back with the new cylinder. Locksmith said damage would likely have occurred if he had to remove the cylinder without the key turning. Locksmith also said he has performed this repair on 6-8 GTOs
Locksmith is full of crap.
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:29 AM   #12
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Hate to say it, but yeah... I agree with the above.

If/when you're able to get the key out, after it potentially gets stuck, you need to leave it out. Change the cylinder as soon as possible. Don't "leave the key in," since that is when it costs more to have everything replaced. No key in, you can easily remove the cylinder. Key in, means there is more work to be done... which probably means there is more for him to charge.
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